Exploring 'science' of racial differences

May 30, 2014 9:49 PM

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Is there a topic more divisive than race? If so, perhaps it's the pairing of science and race. After all, recent generations have seen odious prejudices exploited under the guise of scientific legitimacy to justify discrimination, sterilization and even genocide. Equally important, racial discrimination persists in profound and insidious ways around the globe.

Science journalist Nicholas Wade, an experienced reporter who has covered many advances in genetic technologies for the New York Times, saunters into this fraught political landscape undaunted. His new book, "A Troublesome Inheritance," approaches the subject with a particular, if parochial, grievan...

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